Entertaining friends this weekend? Give one of our recipes a go - we've got everything to ensure your dinner party goes off without a hitch, including starters, mains and desserts everyone will love
Expecting friends this weekend and unsure what to cook? We’ve got so many superb recipes for you to try that will leave guests really impressed, but wont take anywhere near as long as you’d expect, to cook.
Roasts are always a big hit when you’re entertaining and they’re especially easy to make, as once you’ve done all the prep you don’t have to worry about them too much once your meat is in the oven.
Casseroles are also a great choice as they’re low-hassle too and while they’re cooking you can either get on with the starter or dessert. They’re also perfect for a weekend dish as it takes quite a long time for all the flavours to come together and for the meat to tenderise. Particularly during the week when we’re short on time, casseroles or stews aren’t ideal, so why not get cooking on the weekend.
Try this venison casserole with button mushrooms (pictured). It makes a pleasant change to a classic beef casserole and because it’s leaner, venison makes for a slightly healthier meat option. When it’s been cooked for a few hours it not only infuses with everything it’s been cooking with but it becomes melt-in-the-mouth perfect too. We love how tender the venison becomes in this casserole and it goes great with the button mushrooms.
In the way of desserts, why not try a rhubarb and lemon tart or a really classy chocolate mousse cake that’s got plenty of seasonal fruit and berries heaped on top. We’ve got a huge selection of really classic desserts and more elaborate show-stoppers to really wow guests this weekend.
Whether you want to cook a vegetarian, meat or fish dish this weekend for friends and family we’ve got everything you could ever need for a wonderful evening of weekend entertainment.
Click through for more of our favourite recipes for when you’re entertaining friends on the weekend…
A delicious cheesy asparagus tart with Brie and black olive dressing recipe, perfect for spring and summer eating. You can use a variety of cheeses. Soft cheeses, like Camembert, will melt, whereas the halloumi will remain unmelted, but browned.
Finish off a delightful meal with this rhubarb and lemon tart. Particularly in summer when rhubarb is in season, this makes a great dessert.
Just as tasty as a traditional lighter moussaka recipe, but with slightly less fat. We continued the light theme in this dish by charring the aubergines in a non-stick pan.
Nothing brings people together like a roast does, so give this roast leg of lamb with baharat and root vegetables a go – it puts a bit of a twist on the classic roast recipe, and it’s a real delight.
This salmon en croute looks really impressive and tastes just as good, but guests won’t have to know just how simple it is to make!
We love the colours in this grilled goats’ cheese and beetroot salad, so why not wow guests by starting off your Saturday or Sunday of entertaining with this lovely salad.
For a really impressive dessert give this chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake a go – piled with seasonal fruits, it looks truly stunning and tastes just as good.
The flavours in this slow cooked beef with mushrooms and red wine come together so elegantly thanks to the fact that it’s slow cooked. If you give it the time it deserves this dish will really impress family and friends.
Sometimes simple is best, so try this fail-safe brined roast chicken with roast sweet potatoes recipe when you want to take things back to basics, without compromising on flavour.
Start off with a really elegant smoked trout with horseradish, beetroot and cress. It looks great and tastes superb too.
For a really impressive dessert, give this meringue roulade with orange and passion fruit a go. It’s the perfect combination of flavours and textures.
Kick things up a notch when entertaining, starting with these seared scallops with chorizo. They look divine plated up, but are really minimal hassle to make.
Expecting vegetarians round? Try this broccoli and bacon frittata, your carnivore guests won’t be able to stay away either.
For a dessert that features everyone’s favourite flavours, try this salted chocolate and caramel tart. Guests will be left asking for seconds, and even thirds!
Catering to vegetarians? Try this artichoke and cheese veggie pie – it couldn’t be simpler and yet shows that you haven’t forgotten about the guests that don’t eat meat.
There’s nothing better to get people talking and getting into the swing of things than beetroot and gin cured salmon. With a really stunning, vibrant colour to it, it makes the perfect starter.
Everyone loves salted caramel but few people will have tried rum panna cotta with salted caramel. It’s a real treat so give it a go this weekend.
Let guests help themselves to this pork tenderloin with onion salad. It’s a great as a really substantial side dish.
For a really special occasion you might want to try this limoncello and prosecco jelly. The individual serving portions mean you don’t have to worry about dishing up when your guests are round as your desserts will be ready to go.
Flip the traditional roast on its head with this parma-wrapped beef topside with orzo salad. It’s a really original, delicious recipe you’ll want to make time and time again.